Bits: pay for access to Etihad lounges, 3x Flying Blue & Lufthansa miles with Accor

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News in brief:

Buy yourself access to Etihad’s airport lounges

Following rival Emirates which opened up its facilities to paying passengers earlier this year, Etihad has decided to let Economy passengers buy access to their airport lounges.  Times are getting tougher for the Middle East carriers.

Included are the Business Lounges at Abu Dhabi in Terminals 1 and 3 and the Premium ‘first and business class’ lounges in



London Heathrow




New York JFK

Washington Dulles

Etihad’s First Class Lounges are currently not included.

The price depends on the facilities of the lounges. Access to the London Heathrow lounge is apparently £45.  There is a 50% discount for children.  Advance booking is not allowed and access is subject to availability.

If you want to see whether it’s worth the money (note that the spa is no longer free unless you are in First Class) you can read Rob’s review of the Etihad lounge at Heathrow Terminal 4 here.  He was there again last week and an updated report will follow in 10 days or so.

It is worth remembering that the SkyTeam lounge in Heathrow Terminal 4 we reviewed here is in Priority Pass and there is also the impressive Plaza Premium Terminal 4 lounge (Priority Pass and Lounge Club), so there are other alternatives.  Plaza Premium is cheaper at £35 if pre-booked here, or get an Amex Gold card which comes with two free passes.

You can find out more about the ‘pay to enter’ Etihad scheme on the lounges page of their site here.

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Le Club AccorHotels – up to 3 x miles with Air France/KLM and Lufthansa

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During the current promotion period which ends on 30th April, members can earn:

  • Double miles on their second stay
  • Triple miles on their third stay

with either Flying Blue or Miles & More.

Flying Blue members usually earn the usual 1 mile per 2 Accor points earned, with non-status members receiving up to 2.5 points per €1 depending on brand.  Miles & More members earn at the same rate but with a guaranteed minimum of 500 miles per stay.  A stay of 2 or 3 nights is required at cheaper Accor brands for this minimum guarantee to apply.

In order to earn double or triple miles you must be a Le Club AccorHotels member, set your earning preferrence to either Air France/KLM’s Flying Blue or Lufthansa’s Miles & More and complete your stays before 30th April.

The page to find out more about the Flying Blue promotion is here and the page with information about Miles & More is here.

Note that the Flying Blue offer requires you to book by 30th March for stays by 30th April.  The Miles & More version lets you book right up until the last minute on 30th April.

Everyone who earned bonus miles during this promotion will also be entered into a prize draw with the chance of winning 100,000 award miles, awarded as 200,000 Accor points.

An Avios version of this offer will launch on Monday with different booking and stay dates and we will cover it next week.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for the latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios from current offers and promotions.)

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  1. Genghis says:

    Shame you can’t buy access to the cigar room at AUH…

  2. Slight OT-

    I have some Accor stays coming up. What is best way to get miles and points for my stay?
    Shall I take it as accor points or earn it as miles via Iberia Plus?

  3. I visited the Etihad lounge in Dublin two weeks ago. It is small and there were 25-30 seats available. As the business section of the flight had 23 pax, selling space into this (fantastic) small lounge could be a major problem.
    The staff were excellent & food freshly made to order. A real bonus for travellers that could be spoiled by overcrowding if this is not
    well managed.

  4. Not sure if you can book in her name and have a note on that you will be the additional guest and will be checking in first?

    • I do this all the time at Marriott, often with the “other” person never showing up at all.

      Never had an issue.

  5. You have been able to pay for access to the Etihad lounge at Heathrow for several years. I did it in 2013 and had the free massage. I was flying with Malaysian airlines at the time. I was also offered access last year when I was flying with Qatar. Its a really good lounge in my opinion.

  6. The Etihad lounge at AUH is often full and seating unavailable. If they let in fee paying non business class people then it will not cope and their business class product will be devalued.

    I don’t like this idea at all. There must be some sanctuary for status and premium ticket holders.

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